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By Colonial Dental Group
September 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health

A healthy body means a healthy mouth. Dr. Danielle Duarte and Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, know there are around 700 different species of bacteria that can live in any person’s mouth. Because of this, regular dental visits are needed to ensure optimal oral health.

What Happens at a Dental Visit?

At a dental visit, the dentist in Glenview, IL, will first perform an oral exam to get a sense of what is going on in your mouth. The dentist will visually inspect your teeth and take X-rays to examine your jawbone, teeth, and gums. Finally, a member of the staff will clean your teeth with an ultrasonic cleaner or polisher.

The cleaning process starts with flossing your teeth, removing any additional debris with water, and removing it with simultaneous suction. Small, special tools are used to scrape tartar from below the gumline for all of the teeth. This part of the process can be sore and tender, but only temporarily. Next, an application of polish takes place, and that is brushed in with another tool. After this, the dentist will answer your questions about their findings and recommend the next steps in your oral health care.

Why Having Regular Dental Visits at Your Dentist in Glenview, IL is Crucial

Because the mouth has billions of microscopic bacteria, it's essential to keep up with dental hygiene to prevent additional illnesses. But even if you pay close attention to brushing and flossing regularly, some problems can crop up without warning and cause severe damage. We recommend scheduling routine dental visits every six months as a way of staying ahead of potential issues before they become big problems. Here are some minor issues that, left untreated, can become significant issues.

  • Tartar build-up below the gumline
  • Hairline cracked teeth
  • New tooth sensitivity
  • New teeth growing in over baby teeth that aren't loose or wiggly
  • Wisdom teeth that aren't growing correctly
  • Hints of gum disease

Life Happens and We're Here to Help

You never have to avoid a regular dental visit. Catching small things early means smaller bills, minor out-of-pocket expenses, and smaller monthly payments if you need to finance your visits. If it's been too long since the last dental visit, we at Colonial Dental Group encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. We know life happens and even though we intend to go in for our appointment, it doesn't always get done. We're always here to help you.

Each dentist in Glenview, IL, Dr. Danielle Duarte and Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group have been helping people with regular dental visits for decades. We look forward to assisting you with your next dental visit. Call us at (847) 729-2233 today to schedule an appointment!

By Colonial Dental Group
January 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

If you are not feeling as confident as you would like about your smile, dental crowns could be the answer you’ve been looking for. They are a great way to improve discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth. Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. Danielle Duarte are dentists at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL. They are dedicated to providing all their patients with impeccable dental treatments including dental crowns.

How You Can Benefit from Dental Crowns

Glenview dental patients can enjoy the following advantages of dental crowns:

  • Restore the integrity of your teeth: Dental crowns can be used to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by decay or large fillings. They can be attached to bridged or dental implants to replace lost teeth. Crowns are also used after a root canal to prevent further infection in a treated tooth.
  • Enhancing your smile: Dental crowns brighten your smile and boost your confidence. Because porcelain crowns look perfectly natural, they are most often used to improve the look of the front teeth. No one can tell they are not your own natural teeth.
  • Restoring oral function: If you have teeth that are chipped or cracked, eating can be difficult. When your teeth are restored with crowns you can eat with ease and confidence without having to worry about avoiding certain foods.
  • Whitening your smile: If you have teeth that are heavily stained or darkened due to medication or root canal therapy, teeth whitening can’t help. However, you can restore the natural whiteness of your teeth with dental crowns.

If you live in or around Glenview and you would like to find out more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, call Dr. Quezada or Dr. Duarte at 847-729-2233, to schedule an appointment. He can help you achieve the smile you deserve. 

By Colonial Dental Group
July 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Straightening your teeth is easy. You may have thought it needed to be done during your early adolescent years but if you're an older teenager or adult, it's not too late. Your dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada, of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview IL, has the solution: Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners work by applying gentle forces to teeth to move them into their right position. The flexible plastic is custom-made using specialized computer software called CAD/CAM.

Trays are replaced every two weeks as your teeth begin moving to their proper position but you must wear them about 20 to 22 hours/day for about nine months. You shouldn't remove the trays except to eat, and brush and floss. You, of course, can take them off for interviews, or other occasions, but that's unnecessary because they're transparent.

Note that your Glenview dentist is the one who can tell you how long the procedure will take and if it's the best option for you. If you have severe misalignment, traditional braces may be a better option.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • It's quite obvious that this transparent oral appliance is suitable for young adults and older teens who don't want a mouth full of metal. That's why your Glenview dentist recommends it.
  • Invisalign also works great for people who suffer from teeth-grinding at night because it can work as a nightguard to prevent damage to teeth.
  • Clear aligners are custom-made to fit over teeth, so you don't have to deal with the discomfort of metal wires irritating soft tissue.
  • The trays are removable so cleaning teeth is easier, unlike other oral appliances that trap food in metal wires and cause decay because they're not cleaned properly.
  • Special eruption tabs create more space for molars that have not fully grown in.
  • Compliance indicators built into the aligner material ensures trays are worn properly to maximize effectiveness.

Who to contact?

Contact dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada, of Colonial Dental Group at their Glenview IL office by calling (847) 729-2233 today!

By Colonial Dental Group
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Root canal therapy helps you avoid tooth loss and end your pain. Could a root canal help you? Your Glenview, IL, dentists, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group can help determine what is causing your tooth pain. These signs and symptoms may occur if you need a root canal.

Tooth pain

You may need a root canal if the pain in your tooth is caused by inflammation or an infection in your tooth pulp. The harder dentin and enamel layers cover the soft pulp that consists of tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. We can refer patients to a specialist if a root canal is needed. During root canal therapy, the dentist removes the pulp and replaces it with a filling.

Tooth pain becomes severe and throbbing with an infection or inflammation. This isn't always the case. Even mild or intermittent pain is a sign that there's trouble deep inside your tooth. Pain increases when you chew or even press on your tooth with your finger, and after eating or drinking sugary, hot or cold substances.

Gum changes

Infection or inflammation results in gum tissue sensitivity. Make an appointment with the Glenview, IL, dental office if you notice that your gums are red, swollen, and painful. These changes are also a sign of gum disease and require prompt treatment.

Discoloration

Has your tooth darkened recently? The change in color indicates a pulp issue. Darkening is never normal and always warrants a trip to the dentist.

Abscess symptoms

An abscess occurs when you have a bacterial infection in your tooth pulp. Without treatment, the bacteria enter your bloodstream and travels to other parts of your body. Symptoms of an abscess may include severe pain in your tooth and jaw, swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, and pus or a small bump on the gum tissue near your tooth. Abscesses are dental emergencies and require immediate treatment.

Trauma

A blow to the face that damages the tooth requires a root canal. Proper treatment requires implanting the tooth.

Schedule an appointment with your Glenview, IL, dentists

Protect your smile! Call your dentists in Glenview, IL, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group, at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.

By Colonial Dental Group
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Home Oral Care  

Without proper at-home oral care, you will be spending more time in the dentist chair and more money on dental bills, not to mention the ill effects on your teeth and gums. Here are some tips for proper at-home oral care, and if you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL.

Brushing your Teeth

  • Brush your teeth each morning and each evening before you go to bed.
  • Spend a total of 2 minutes gentle brushing each surface of each tooth.
  • Grip your toothbrush firmly at a 45-degree angle.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before eating after you brush your teeth.

Flossing your Teeth

  • Floss your teeth at least once each day.
  • Floss between all of your teeth, even at the back.
  • Wrap the floss around your first fingers and run it gently up and down your teeth.
  • Unwind clean floss as you go.
  • If you have difficulty with flossing thread, use floss picks or a water flosser.

Rinse with Mouthwash

  • After brushing and flossing, rinse with mouthwash.
  • Take a small sip of mouthwash, rinse it around your mouth for 30 seconds, and then spit.

Clean your Tongue

  • Use a tongue scraper or a small amount of toothpaste on your brush.
  • Clean your tongue with gentle, circular motions.
  • Avoid going too far back and triggering your gag reflex.
  • Rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Keep up the good work at home, and don’t forget to visit your Glenview dentist twice a year for check-ups and professional cleaning. You’ll be able to tell if your oral health is good because your teeth will be white, your gums will be pink, and your breath will be fresh.

While we are currently closed for general oral care due to the Covid-19 situation, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, our Glenview is still able to help. Call us at (847) 729-2233 if you are experiencing oral pain or other concerning symptoms.